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ERIC Number: EJ800069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Making Research Count
Appleby, Yvon; Kerwin, Marie; McCulloch, Sue
Adults Learning, v19 n9 p20-22 May 2008
Making research count in the education sector is often difficult to achieve as people, quite properly, question its relevance, purpose and impact. One of the significant barriers to research supporting practice in the lifelong learning sector is that funded research carried out in higher education institutions is frequently privileged above practitioner inquiry. Practitioners are often unaware of this work and, where they are, there is resistance to it, as these findings are frequently used to support policy about evidence-based practice. This is seen as imposing a view on practice, driven by policy, rather than by critical reflection generated from practice. Creating change through reflective practice is key to the work of the North West Skills for Life Research Forum, an example of an independent collaborative network that creates a critical space linking research and practice. It provides a forum for critical discussions between research and practice within a community of inquiry. In this article, the authors describe how the forum is narrowing the gap between research and practice in lifelong learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom